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Assistant Professor of Space Studies in area of Space Social Sciences

University of North Dakota
North Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Dec 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Other Science & Technology, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Space Studies seeks appointment of one faculty member at the assistant professor level, non-tenure-track in the area of Space Social Sciences (including, but are not limited to: space sociology, space economics and commerce, space policy, international space relations, space diplomacy, space management). A Ph.D. is required. These positions will involve teaching, research, and service. Each successful applicant will be expected to develop and grow a research program (40% effort). It is anticipated that the teaching load will be four courses per academic year (40% effort), dependent on department needs and the level of research being conducted. Graduate student advisement, research committee membership, as well as service to the scholarly community, University, and Department is expected to constitute an additional 20% of effort.

Space Studies is a strongly interdisciplinary program featuring a Ph.D. in Aerospace Sciences, an M.S. degree in Space Studies, and an undergraduate minor. These faculty positions will enhance and complement the department’s current emphasis in space policy and law, space history, planetary science, space systems engineering, human spaceflight, and management of space organizations. The department is the lead institution in North Dakota’s NASA Space Grant consortium, as well as NASA EPSCoR.

Duties & Responsibilities

The position is for an Assistant Professor with a 9-month appointment. This position will be primarily focused on teaching and research with some service. It is anticipated that the teaching load will be up to 4 courses per academic year, dependent on department needs and the level of research being conducted.

Minimum Requirements/Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in International Studies, Space Policy, Space Studies, Space Management, or related; successful completion of criminal history background check.

Preferred Skills/Desirable Qualifications:

  • Teaching experience at graduate level
  • Awareness of the needs and proposal processes of potential funding agencies
  • Alignment of applicant’s research with departmental needs
  • Established history of externally funded research and publication
  • Active membership in national or international professional organizations
  • Current professional contacts within the space academic, public service, or industry communities


  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Ability to lead a team of academic professionals
  • Ability to visualize and develop research, educational and outreach programs that serve North Dakota and the space community
  • Excellence in diversity and inclusion practices,

To Apply

Send a letter of application, CV, teaching, research, and service statements, and names and contact information for three references to Review of applications will begin December 20, 2021, although the position will remain open until filled.

All information listed in this position announcement will be used by the Hiring Department and EEO/AA for screening, interviewing and selection purposes.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identify and eligibility to work in the US and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.

Confidentiality of Application Materials

Note: Pursuant to NDCC 44-04-18.27, applications and any records related to the applications that identify an applicant are confidential, except records related to the finalists of the position, which are open to the public after the search committee has identified the top three finalists who will be invited to campus.

EEO Statement

UND is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants are invited to provide information regarding their gender, race and/or ethnicity, veteran’s status and disability status on the form found at This information will remain confidential and separate from your application.

ND Veteran’s Preference

North Dakota Veterans claiming preference must submit all proof of eligibility by the closing date. Proof of eligibility includes a DD-214 and if claiming disabled status, a current letter of disability from the VA dated within the last 12 months.

Clery Statement
In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University of North Dakota publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report includes the university’s policies, procedures, and programs concerning safety and security, as well as three years’ of crime statistics for our campus. As a prospective employee, you are entitled to a copy of this report. The report and statistical data can be found online at You may also request a paper copy of the report from the UND Police Department located at 3851 Campus Road, Grand Forks, ND 58202.This position is subject to a criminal history record check.

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